Author: Ivan MacD.

Irish Open Time Table Available

Just a couple of days to go to the 2018 Irish Open…

Schedule & Rules
– Timetable and Rules available here …  http://canoepolo.ie/irish-open
– Updates will be posted to that page.
– Please study the entire timetable (not just your division), as you may be on Table Duty or Refereeing a lower division than the one you have entered.
– There is a separate tab for each Division.

Captains and Referees – IMPORTANT !
– Captains & Referees are to assemble at 8.00am on Saturday Morning at the Boathouse in the Harbour for a meeting with the Head Referee(Sean Downes) and Organisers.
– A number of steps are being taken to improve Refereeing and Player Discipline. Your Captain and Referees MUST attend this meeting.
– Under competition rules, if your Captain and Referees do not attend, your team will start your first game 1-0 down. If you have an insurmountable reason why you cannot attend (e.g. flight arrival time), please email develop@canoepolo.com looking for a written waiver.

CI Numbers – ALSO IMPORTANT !!
Per my previous email a couple of teams have still not replied with their player CI numbers. Canoeing Ireland Insurance requires that we check these numbers so unfortunately unless you provide these before the competition, your team will not be playing 🙁

Pitches
· Div 1, 2 and U14 games will be played in the Harbour (pitches 1 and 2)
· Div 3 games will be played above the bridge (pitch 3).

Parking
· On Saturday, please do NOT park in the ‘TopLine’ hardware store car-park on the bridge, or down the Cul de Sac near the bridge.
· There is parking along the Harbour, and in the Railway station car park and in the car parks on the north (town) side of the harbour. There is also a lot of free space at the old Kellys Garage site.

Toilets
· Toilets are at the Scouts Hall, which you can access by going down the steps near Pitch 3.

Food
· Free Tea and Coffee will be available in the Scouts hall 10am-4.30pm each day. You can access this by going down the steps near Pitch 3.
· On Saturday we will have free Soup and Rolls available between 11am and 3pm in the Scouts hall.
· On Sunday we will have a free Barbecue between 12pm and 2pm.
· Sunday Barbecue location will be advised – depending on weather !

Camping
· Camping is at the Kilcock GAA Club . Google Map Location : https://goo.gl/maps/Mcb9XzhCden
· There will be onsite security at night time only – DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES UNATTENDED
· Under 18s are not to camp unaccompanied.
· If you intend to avail of the free camping but have not let me know, please do so now.

First-Aid Contact
· Every pitch has a pitch manager, if you need first-aid or have any other query, please alert the pitch manager who will organize first-aid/assistance.

Restaurants
· Kilcock GAA/Camping site has a restaurant and bar.
· O’Keefes (on the harbour) – pub food – Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm
· Blackforest bakery (on the Harbour) Saturday 9am-5pm
· Timeless Café (opposite Tesco – in Kilcock Village) Sat 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
· Rye River Café (near Supervalu –The Square, Kilcock Village) – Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9.30am-2.30pm
· Costa Coffee (near Supervalu – The Square, Kilcock Village) Saturday and Sunday 7am – 7pms

OVERLOAD !

Registrations are open for ‘Overload 2018’ a two day intensive training camp for Junior Canoe Polo players being held in Mullingar Harbour on 1st and 2nd September, 2018. Experienced and beginner players between 9 and 18 are welcome.

The weekend promises to be a packed with learning, polo skills development, game play and a lot of fun.    The Harbour in Mullingar is an enclosed area with onsite camping and facilities, so the perfect location for this two-day Canoe Polo getaway.

The event builds on the development days for existing Junior players that we ran over the summer.  We will also be welcoming new players from Mullingar’s budding Junior team who are making great progress already.

To find out more and register before August 15th, click here

It’s here ! – the all new CanoePolo.ie

It’s here – the all new CanoePolo.ie

As part of our plan to develop Canoe Polo, increase visibility of our sport, and improve communication, we’ve revamped the CanoePolo.ie website.

The goals of the redesign are firstly, to showcase our sport, explain it to potential new players, volunteers and sponsors. Secondly to serve as a source of information on events, programmes and other resources for polo players in Ireland.

Look across the site menu and explore the sections …

Competitions – this section is where you will find details of all upcoming events and details of how to enter your team in national and club competitions.  There’s also information here on the leagues which run over the winter.  If your league or competition is not listed here, please email comps@canoepolo.ie

Development – details of our National Junior Development programme, and information on Clubs that play Canoe Polo. 

Squads – information on our International Team Ireland Squads.

Refereeing – Game Rules and details of how to get graded as a qualified referee.  The content in this section will build over time.

About – Information about the game in Ireland,  and the National Polo Committee, part of Canoeing Ireland.

Calendar – contains an overview of all events (competitions, squads, development) that Irish players are participating in nationally and internationally.  

News – major news and updates – we will continue to provide all updates to Facebook, with major items and posts that contain reference information being posted on the website

Also on the home page you will see links to

Signup for Updates –  enter your email in order to be kept up to date on Canoe Polo Ireland events and updates.  You will receive a confirmation email and can unsubscribe at any time.

Find a Club – here you can find details of all Clubs that are involved in Canoe Polo listed and on a map so you can find a club near you.   If you run a club that is engaged in Canoe Polo and want to update the information about your club, email details to develop@canoepolo.ie

Hope you find the site a big improvement – this is an important part of our efforts to develop Canoe Polo in Ireland and attract new players and partners to our sport.

 If you have feedback on the site please email sec@canoepolo.ie.

Busy Competition Season Continues

Here is an update on upcoming competitions and national events over the next couple of months in the Irish Canoe Polo Calendar.

Belfast Argento Cup – this one day competition on August 3rd for Juniors is the second competition in the Argento Sponsorship, following on from the Kilcock Junior competition earlier this year.  Find out more and register your teams here.

Club Championships – This years club champs is run by Royal Canal Kayak Club in Phibsborough on 11th and 12th August.   Find out more.

Kilcock One Day Competition – this one day competition has Div 1, 2 and 3 and will be similar format to the one day competition in July. Register your team here.

Junior Development Weekend in Mullingar, 1st and 2nd September.  This is open to any junior who can paddle and promises to be an exciting event in the new venue of Mullingar Harbour.

and of course…

The 2018 Irish Open, which will take place in Kilcock on 29th and 30th September.

To stay up to date check the Canoe Polo Ireland calendar

 

Irish Open Returns to Kilcock

The 2018 Irish Open returns to Kilcock Harbour. Just outside Dublin, with excellent transport links and free camping available, Kilcock is looking forward to welcoming you once again to this exciting competition with a great atmosphere – the perfect way to end the 2018 Canoe Polo outdoor season. This year will be special, with Kilcock celebrating its 20 year anniversary as a club.
International Teams are invited to come and participate for free (no entry fee and no charge for camping).
4 DIVISIONS
There will be 4 Divisions – Div 1, 2, 3 and an Under 14 division for younger players.
VENUE
The competition venue is right in the centre of the town with easy access to coffee shops, convenience stores, supermarkets, takeaways and pubs. We will have 4 pitches for a weekend of non-stop Polo.
FREE CAMPING
Free camping will be available at no cost at the local GAA Sports club, a 10 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the venue. Overnight facilities including toilets, showers etc. will be available.
FREE FOOD & REFRESHMENTS
Food and refreshments will be available free of charge at the venue for all registered players. Sunday barbecue !
GETTING THERE
Kilcock is just half an hour from Dublin Airport and an hour drive from the Dublin Port ferry, or 2.5 hours from Belfast.
INTERNATIONAL TEAMS
Fancy a weekends polo away from home ? For teams visiting from outside Ireland, we will do our best to make it easy for you…
* Free entry fees – for all international teams
* Free camping – at nearby campsite with good facilities
* Pitch equipment – We will have dedicated pitch boats (XP3s) and equipment available for shared use, for teams coming from outside Ireland. Let us know in advance what you need and we will do our best.
* Airport Pickup – If you are arriving on the Friday night, let us know in advance and we will collect you at Dublin Airport.

All proceeds go to the National Canoe Polo Committee. This event is supported by Sport Ireland.

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